It was with much excitement that Amy Sarjeant and I headed off to the second Pan African Conference on Crystallography (PCCr2) in Ghana at the end of February. This wasn’t our first visit to the African continent on behalf of the CCDC and each trip has been a memorable and rewarding experience.
Later this year the world of structural chemistry will reach a tremendous milestone, the sharing of one million organic and metal-organic structures through the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). The CSD was one of the first numerical scientific databases to be established and today enables scientists and educators in over 70 countries to learn from the data.
2019 has been proclaimed the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (#IYPT2019) by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the existence of the Periodic Table. The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) has partnered with the British Crystallographic Association (BCA) to create the “IYPT in crystals” project (#iyptcrystals). You can find out more about this project here.